Lighting here is the same set-up in the previous article, Shooting the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 AI-s on the Nikon D810 – Orchids & African Violets. There are two 70w (350W equivalent) CFL bulbs on a lightstand providing a high level of ambient light in the living room, but the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash in the D810’s hot shoe firing into the ceiling is taking it even higher.
This photo is at f2.8, is the same as the previous one. I adjusted the exposure by boosting the output from the SB-910 which I was shooting in manual mode.
This third photo of Darth Vader is stopped down (notice the chest plate is in focus too now). I can’t remember if it was f4 or f8, but judging by the depth of field, I’m guessing it was f8 or even f16.
The fourth photo of Darth Vader here is a little wider aperture if the chest plate is any indication (I need to start keeping notes as I shoot the Micro-Nikkor as it doesn’t record the setting into EXIF data since it’s an older AI-s lens), but I also boosted the light output from the SB-910 Speedlight about a stop if memory serves.
Here we’re stopped down again on the aperture for the first photo of the Lego Snow Trooper. Notice his chest is in focus too.
Same aperture here. I lowered the exposure by lowering the output of the Nikon SB-910.
For this photo of the Snow Trooper, the aperture is opened up again (all the way to f2.8 if memory serves). Notice it’s just his eyes in focus now.
Same aperture here as above, with the output of the SB-910 bumped up again.
Here’s a shot of the set-up showing the Nikon D810 with the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 AI-s on the tripod. The Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash is in the hotshoe, with the flash aimed into the ceiling and slightly back. The Lego Snow Trooper is standing on a lens, with a piece of black foamcore in the background.
Here’s a shot of the Snow Trooper on the back of the D810 LCD after taking a photo.
Still loving shooting macro with the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 AI-s lens. Works a charm on the Nikon D810. The files are beautiful!
Still prefer this older AI-s version of the 105mm Micro-Nikkor to the newer Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G VR AF-S version I used to own.
All the photos you see here are RAW conversions from Adobe Lightroom, although they are pretty much all straight out of camera with the exception of a couple of slight exposure adjustments.
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